By Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
4:28 PM AKST, November 9, 2012
An Anchorage pull-tab shop operator will serve six months in jail and pay restitution of more than $25,000 to charities defrauded by his business, according to a plea agreement announced by state prosecutors Friday.
Abraham J. Spicola, 37, pleaded guilty Friday to felony misapplication of property and attempted theft in connection with charitable gaming permits operated by Lucky Times Pull-Tabs.
“Spicola contracted with local charities to operate their charitable gaming permits between 2007 and 2010,” prosecutors with the state’s Office of Special Prosecutions wrote Friday. “Spicola failed to provide funds to the charities and to provide monthly reports on the charitable gaming activities.”
Late last year Spicola, a former state gaming investigator, was accused of demanding bribes from charities and stealing tens of thousands of dollars from Alaska Bikers Advocating Training Education, as well as the Anchorage Community Theatre. He also allegedly stole more than $4,000 in unemployment benefits while working at Lucky Times.
Spicola’s sentence from Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton also includes three years of probation following release, permanent revocation of his charitable gaming operator’s license and an agreement never to seek another such license.
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